MBTI: Harry Potter- ISFP


This one took me a bit, not gonna lie. But after using my own methodology because I’m just like, so super full of myself, ISFP seems the right fit.

The Boy Who Lived is goes from the little room under the stairs to being the most famous wizard of all time. How does he deal with it? A lot of shrugging, a little bit of self-doubt and a whole lot o’ love.

As mentioned in the article I linked you too (You didn’t click on it, that’s fine. I’ll have a good cry and focus on the sunrise through the tears), a noticeable thing about the difference between Intuitive-heavy heroes versus Sensing-heavy heroes is their perspective on the world. What I mean is that while Intuitives will eventually save the day after getting over themselves. They’ll realize that they have been what’s holding themselves back and once they realize this, the rest of the world brightens up and they destroy the villain.

Luke Skywalker for example, kept doubting himself and kept doubting himself. Star-Lord eventually realized being a hero means not building yourself up but allowing yourself to be torn down.

You could say Harry doubted himself as well, being told he’s a wizard and all. Who wouldn’t be skeptical of that? Yet ultimately, Harry’s issues didn’t come from inside as much as they did just dealing with the massive, weirdo world at large. He needed to pass his classes, he need to survive evil people and the crazy creatures that lived in the school; the overshadowing evil that plagued his existence before he even left the crib.

Don't forget the dragons.

Don’t forget the dragons. They’re different from regular creatures.

Now that distinction isn’t foolproof and there are certainly arguments to be made otherwise. But at a glance, it works fine. It’s a nice parallel to real-life as well, with Intuitives holding themselves back by not thinking anything about the very practical problems life has to offer, while Sensors have no problem dealing with the outside world and only really struggling when forced to do major introspection. From this, Harry’s type as an ISFP fits well.

Something I read over and over again about Mr. Potter was his “ability to love.” It’s this that’s sets him apart from his nemesis Voldemort who doesn’t understand the need for it and it’s simultaneously his weakness. Fitting that Harry and Voldemort would be functional opposites, eh?



So how does this “love” play into Harry’s type? The first function of the ISFP is Fi (Introverted Feeling). Fi and love and/or caring aren’t directly paired together but Fi makes up the inner principles of the user. What Ti (Introverted Thinking) is to intellectualism, where a sort of mixing-and-matching of information takes place between what the user knows and incoming data, Fi is similar but for values. This is in contrast to the Extroverted forms of Thinking and Feeling where the thoughts and feelings are ingrained in the user but changed if a strong enough counter is produced.

So if Harry “loves” as he’s written, this is going to make for a pretty strong character where these sorts of ideals can actually manifest themselves through magic.

Harry is also noted to be occasionally brash and impulsive, especially as a youth and to quote the Harry Potter wiki page-

“Remus Lupin once noted that Harry had very good and nearly always right instincts. Harry had a strong awareness of the incalculable power of certain acts, which is never more apparent than when he refused to allow Lupin to accompany him and leave his wife and child at home and realized that Ron Weasley was meant to destroy Slytherin’s locket.”

Now this could be attributed to any function if you want to stretch the meaning enough but it most easily sounds like Se (Extroverted Sensing). Knowing what to do in the moment it needs to be done. Or at the very least, seeing things how they are as they are presented. It’s why Se-users get tagged as entertainers and athletes so often which only makes it more fitting that Harry is so good at Quidditch.

ISFPs in reality can be comparable to characters like Harry. Skilled and equally harmonious but you wouldn’t necessarily think anything of it by looking at them or even talking to them due to their seemingly withdrawn nature. They can be very friendly and will often get along with most people they meet but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be the ones who start the conversation or even keep it going should it start. Due to dominant Fi and auxiliary Se as discussed, ISFPs tend to be fine living in their head as long as the outside world isn’t disturbing them.

Huey Lewis and Harry Potter would probably get along great.

Huey Lewis and Harry Potter would probably get along great.

Not to be confused with their Intuitive cousins, the INFPs, who tend to find ways their inner thoughts can be brought to life.


One Response to “MBTI: Harry Potter- ISFP”

  1. Interesting. I always felt like the thing that was missing from Harry Potter was the companion sketchbook for lonely times.


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